City of Blue Springs, MO
Jackson County
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Section 515.530 Sanitation.

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All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The owner and/or occupant shall keep that part of the exterior property which such owner and/or occupant occupies or controls in a clean and sanitary condition and in compliance with this Chapter.

Section 515.540 Sidewalks and Driveways.

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A. 
All private sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas shall be maintained free from hazardous conditions or a nuisance.
B. 
Exception: Hazardous conditions created by inclement weather are not applicable to this Section.

Section 515.550 Rodent Harborage.

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All structures and exterior property shall be kept free from rodent harborage and infestation. Where rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes which will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to eliminate rodent harborage and prevent reinfestation.

Section 515.560 Exhaust Vents.

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Pipes, ducts, conductors, fans or blowers shall not discharge gases, steam, vapor, hot air, grease, smoke, odors or other gaseous or particulate wastes directly upon abutting or adjacent public or private property or that of another tenant.

Section 515.570 Accessory Structures.

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The exterior of all accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.

Section 515.580 Defacement of Property.

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No person shall willfully or wantonly damage, mutilate or deface any exterior surface of any structure or building on any private or public property by placing thereon any marking or carving. Exception: Graffiti shall be covered under Section 220.445. It shall be the responsibility of the owner to restore said surface to an approved state of maintenance and repair.

Section 515.590 Composting.

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A. 
Maintenance. All private compost piles, other than those that are integral of a compost facility as defined in Section 411.020 and regulated pursuant to Section 405.020(F), shall be maintained using approved composting procedures to comply with the following requirements:
1. 
All compost piles shall be enclosed in a freestanding compost bin. Each compost bin shall be no larger in volume than one hundred fifty (150) cubic feet for properties ten thousand (10,000) square feet and less in lot size, with an additional one hundred fifty (150) cubic feet permitted for each additional ten thousand (10,000) square feet of lot size. Compost bins shall be no taller than five (5) feet.
2. 
All compost piles shall be maintained so as to prevent the harborage of rodents and pests. The presence of rodents in or near a compost pile shall be cause for the City to issue a complaint.
3. 
All compost piles shall be maintained so as to prevent unpleasant, rotten-egg-like, putrefactive, sweet, sour or pungent odors.
4. 
Unless written permission has been granted by the adjoining property owner, no compost pile shall be located less than three (3) feet from the rear or side property line, or within twenty (20) feet of any home, patio, pool, or similar structure on the adjacent property. All compost piles shall be at least three (3) feet behind the front building setback line.
5. 
No compost pile shall be located where it will impede the natural free flow of stormwater drainage.
B. 
Ingredients.
1. 
No compost pile shall contain any of the following:
a. 
Lakeweeds;
b. 
Food scraps;
c. 
Fish, fowl, meat or other animal products;
d. 
Manure;
e. 
Animal carcasses;
f. 
Items not normally composted.
2. 
Permitted ingredients shall include:
a. 
Yard waste;
b. 
Commercial compost additives;
c. 
Wood chips.
C. 
Private use only. Compost piles established in accordance with this Chapter are for private use only. There shall be no commercial use of the product of such composting.

Section 515.600 Tree Maintenance.

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Dead, dying or diseased trees, or portions thereof, shall be treated, pruned or removed so as not to pose a threat to adjoining private or public property.

Section 515.610 Nuisances — Prohibited — Defined.

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A. 
Every act or thing done, made, permitted, allowed, or continued on any property, public or private, by any person, firm, or corporation, their agents and servants, to the damage or injury of any of the inhabitants or residents of this City, or the public, specified in this Chapter or ordinances of the City, or referred to therein by reference, as a nuisance shall be deemed unlawful.
B. 
No person shall permit, cause, keep, maintain, or do any nuisance, as defined by this Chapter, any other ordinance or code of the City, or the laws of the State of Missouri, or cause to be committed, caused, kept, maintained, or done any such nuisance within the City or within one-half (1/2) mile of the corporate limits thereof.
C. 
No owner, occupant, or person in charge of any house, building, lot, or premises shall cause or allow any nuisance to be or remain in or upon any such building, house, lot, or premises.
D. 
Any and all nuisances existing within the City limits of the City of Blue Springs may be abated in accordance with Article XII and the provisions of this Chapter, Chapter 245 or any other City ordinance or Code section providing for a specific abatement procedure.

Section 515.620 Nuisances Abated after Notice — Mode — Payment — Special Tax Bills.

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In case the abatement of any nuisance is not immediately necessary for the protection of the health or safety of the inhabitants of the City, the Code Official shall cause a notice to be sent in accordance with Sections 515.260, 515.270 and 515.280. If the nuisance is not abated as provided in such notice, the Code Official shall inform the City Administrator or his/her designee, who shall then hold a public hearing before declaring the same to be a nuisance and ordering its abatement. At least ten (10) days' notice of said hearing shall be given to the owner or occupant of the premises upon which said alleged nuisance exists, or to his/her agent, or to the person causing or maintaining such alleged nuisance, in accordance with Sections 515.270 and 515.280. Such notice shall state the time and place of said hearing. In the event that the whereabouts of the owner or occupant of the premises where such alleged nuisance exists, or of his/her agent, or of the person causing or maintaining such alleged nuisance is unknown and notice cannot be served upon him/her, then such notice shall be posted on the premises where said alleged nuisance exists for at least ten (10) days before said hearing. All interested parties may appear at such hearing, either in person or by attorney, and present evidence concerning the matters at issue. If, upon such hearing, the City Administrator or his/her designee finds that a nuisance exists and that service could not be had on the owner or his/her agent, or the occupant thereof, he/she shall order the owner or occupant of said property, or his/her agent, or the person causing or maintaining said nuisance to abate the same; and if the same be not abated within the time prescribed by the City Administrator or his/her designee in said order or any extension thereof, the City official or his/her designee shall cause the same to be abated and shall certify the cost of abating said nuisance to the City Council. Thereupon, the City Council may, by ordinance, levy the cost of abatement as a special tax against the property on which said nuisance was located and may authorize the issuance of special tax bills thereon. Said tax shall be collected like other taxes and shall be a lien on the property until paid and a personal debt of the owner if allowed by law.

Section 515.630 Abatement of Nuisance Without Notice — Mode — Payment — Special Tax Bills.

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Whenever the Code Official or his/her designee, in his/her discretion, deems it necessary to immediately abate a nuisance as defined by ordinance, by common law, or by the Statutes of the State of Missouri, in order to immediately secure the general health or safety of the City or of any of its inhabitants, the Code Official or his/her designee is authorized to abate such nuisance without notice; and he/she may use any suitable means or assistance for the purpose, whether regular personnel of the City or laborers especially employed for that purpose, or any other help or assistance necessary therefor. The Code Official or his/her designee shall certify the cost of abating said nuisance to the City Council, and the City Council may, by ordinance, levy the cost thereof as a special tax against the property on which said nuisance was located, and may authorize the issuance of special tax bills therefor, following a public hearing thereon before the City Council. Said tax shall be collected like other taxes and shall be a lien on the property until paid.

Section 515.640 Apportionment of Costs of Abating Nuisance Located on Property of More than One Owner.

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If any nuisance abated by the Codes Administrator or his/her designee as hereinbefore provided extended before the abatement over the property of more than one (1) owner, the cost of abating the same shall be assessed in proportion to the amount of work and expense for each proportionate part of the entire work in the area, and the special tax bills hereinbefore provided for shall be levied and collected accordingly; but, in determining who is the owner of any particular lot, plot, or parcel of land as for instance in joint tenancy or in common shall be deemed a single owner in order to preserve to the City its lien against the particular lot, plot, or parcel of land under the special tax bill levied against the same as aforesaid.

Section 515.650 Abatement Issues.

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Any other issues concerning the abatement of nuisances not addressed in this Chapter shall be governed by Article IV of Chapter 245 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Blue Springs.
(Weeds are covered under Chapter 245, Article IV, Sections 245.290 through 245.320 and Section 220.760.[1])
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Editor's Note: Former Section 220.760 was repealed. See now Sections 245.330 through 245.350.